When you look at your parent’s prom pictures, you can no doubt have a good old laugh at their terrible fashion choices.

If you don’t want to be laughing at your own prom photos in the future, you need to get your prom attire just right.

Follow the tips in this essential guide on what to wear to prom and you’ll be the hottest looking guy there.

What to Wear to Prom

If you want to look wickedly sharp for your big prom night, then you should stick to a traditional style. How can you get that black tie look? Read on to find out.

The Jacket

The most important part of a tux is the jacket. A V-neck jacket in plain black with peak lapels or a shawl collar is the most traditional look for male prom outfits. Some jackets also have black satin lapels for a sharp, classy look.

Just think James Bond and you’ve got it!

The Vest

For a classic men’s prom outfit you should wear a vest or cummerbund. Either style is fine, but they should be in traditional black satin.

The Shirt

A plain white shirt with a stiff placket (a vertical band in the center of the shirt) is classic prom attire for guys. The collar could be a basic point collar like you would see on most shirts. Or you could choose a raised wing collar with stiff elevated points.

The buttonholes are nothing like a normal shirt. There will be holes on both sides and the shirt will need to be fastened with studs instead of buttons.

The Tie

A plain black bow tie is the 007 look most guys wear for prom. You could use a clip on, or take a few minutes before the big day to practice with a real one.

The Trousers

The trousers should be matching the same color and material as the jacket. For a traditional tuxedo look, the trousers should have a stripe of satin down each leg. They should also be held up with suspenders, not a belt.


For the true prom look, you’ll need a boutonniere. Just stick to one simple flower that’ll match your date’s outfit.

Don’t forget if you’re going for a traditional shirt you’ll need shirt studs, and cufflinks to match. If you’ve decided to go for a necktie instead of a bow, why not add a tie clip to jazz it up a bit?

Color Coordinate

Whatever you do, don’t forget to coordinate with your date. Chances are, she’s already picked her colors. You should build your tuxedo based on her choices.

Mix It Up

If you’re not one for tradition, why not skip the vest and wear a snazzy shirt with a skinny tie? Or wear converse sneakers instead of shiny shoes.

You could always choose a different tuxedo color. No, we’re not suggesting a 1970’s powder blue classic! How about a charcoal gray, navy or even burgundy?

It’s your big night, so feel free to add your own twist on tradition.

Tuxedo Tips

If you keep it classy, timeless and tasteful, you’ll not go wrong.

Avoid fabrics and styles that are overly shiny, plastic-like, neon or gaudy. Keep bright colors to a minimum, or avoid them altogether.

Chances are you won’t be buying a tux, as you’re no doubt still growing. You want a tux that is not embarrassingly tight, or so baggy it looks like a trash bag. So make sure to send the right measurements to the company you rent from.

Hot Prom Attire for Guys

If you’re wondering what to wear to prom, then look no further. Here at Lili’s Creations, we have a large range of classy tuxedos for rent.

So what are you waiting for? Rent yours today and you’re guaranteed to be the hottest dressed guy at prom!